Below is an excerpt which speaks to the origins of E3 from the upcoming book, "E3 - A Philosophy for Business Success"
1991 I experienced two life changing experiences; the ending of a young
marriage and the loss of my job as a defense contractor. Returning to
my home in Baltimore, MD
I was faced with the challenges of making a living and refocusing my
life. A product of the inner city, growing up in a single parent
household; I was all too familiar with the career opportunities in the
street. Fortunately, I had been raised by a strong mother and guided by a
wise grandmother. After spending time on unemployment and having no
luck with finding a job as a young twenty something without a college
degree, the options began to narrow. My life reached a crossroad one
Friday evening when I received an envelope with $5000 dollars and an
offer to make more if I designed a database for a local "street
business". Tempted, tired, and tested I went to the only person I could
fully trust, my grandmother.
Johnson gave me a piece of wisdom which changed my life. After hearing
my plight she asked a question. "Why do you feel you have to deal with
people who aren't your friends?" "Because they are all that I know." I
replied. "Well then, you need to find out what is important to you and
find people who believe in the same thing." Just like that... everything
spent two days locked away from everyone. After hours of self pity,
self assessment, and finally, self awareness I wrote down those
statements as the three most important beliefs needed to reach my full
potential. I decided that in order to create this reality I would have
to surround myself with people who would help foster this mindset and
embrace the philosophy as theirs. The next 6 weeks were amazing. I went
through each day with copies of the philosophy in my pocket, on flyers
and on the tip of my tongue. I would share E3 with everyone I met.
People sitting next to me on the bus, a person changing a tire in a
parking lot, guys in the barber shop or on the basketball court, women
in the mall. Each time, I would share E3 and speak of my dream to create
my own business and join with a group of like minded entrepreneurs.
people thought I was stupid. Some thought I was disillusioned, but
some... some thought it made sense. Each time I ran into an individual
who could see what I saw I invited them to my home for a meeting. Two
months later, in a Westside Baltimore apartment, 15 individuals sat in a
small living room with a couch, TV, and 55 gallon fish tank listening
to a young man speak about a vision. There was an aspiring high school
graduate seeking to be a caterer, a radio station secretary with skills
as a graphic designer, a promising model, a printer repairman, a young
man who made African American themed greeting cards as a fundraiser for
inner city youth, even a street hustler just looking for a free dinner.
They all listened. They all stayed. That was the beginning of E3...."
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